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Blur drummer Dave Rowntree Labour councillor

8 May 2017 Music News

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has been elected as a Labour councillor in Norfolk.

Rowntree, who unsuccessfully ran to be a Labour MP in the 2010 General Election, was elected to Norfolk County Council for University Ward, Norwich in England’s local elections yesterday (May 4). He won 59% of the vote, picking up 1173 of the 1997 overall votes cast.

Writing on Twitter, Rowntree described himself as “delighted and humbled”. Speaking to BBC News, Rowntree said he was putting his “music side was on hold” at the moment.

“Blur are not doing anything this year as a band. We tend to do things when something interesting comes along,” he said. “No-one else from Blur is running for county council but you never know. We are an unpredictable lot.”